Bayswater School

Friday 28 February 

Kia ora koutou

As you will have heard, New Zealand has now moved into level 3 and schools will be closed until Sunday 7 March.  At this stage there are strict guidelines around who can attend school and even stricter rules around what children will be permitted to do at school.

Your child may return to school only if you are an essential worker and need to go to work (ie cannot work from home) and there is no one else available to take care of your child.  Any child with any condition that makes them vulnerable, may not return to school.  If any child is sick, they may not attend school.  The expectation is that the vast majority of children will be kept home and continue to learn from there.

Teachers will continue to offer an online programme - you will receive information on this via SkoolLoop and an email. All the information and links you need can also be found on the website, the latest will be available before school hours on Monday 1 March: go to the Covid-19 link in the sidebar.

Chromebooks will be available for pick-up from the school office on Monday 1 March between 8.15am and 2pm.

For children who return to school, there will be strictly enforced physical distancing.  This physical distancing will include the adults too.  Children will need to arrive at school no earlier than 8.45am and must be picked up by 3pm.  There will be no before or after school care available.

Children will not be able to handle school equipment which could be touched by others so sports, playgrounds and toys will be off limits.  For this reason, we will be asking children to bring a small selection of toys or activities from home, which they can play with by themselves. This will obviously have to be a solitary activity as children will not be allowed to touch what another child has played with.

Children’s learning at school will be very similar to the online learning which will continue at home.  Each bubble will be supervised by staff members but this is unlikely to be your child’s class teacher as school will be running with reduced staffing.  Some staff will continue to work from home to produce the online learning which will be available at home and at school. 

As you can appreciate, these rules will make school a very different place to usual.  School staff will do their very best to ensure children feel settled and secure but, there is no getting away from it, it will be a very odd experience.  If any of the adults in your whanau are continuing to work from home, then children should remain at home.  If all adults in your family must leave your home for work and there is no one else to care for your child, perhaps you will be considering extending your family bubble, within the guidelines for Level 3.  If this is the case, there may be an adult in your new, extended bubble who would be able to take care of your children.  This would be a good solution for many families. 

If you intend to send their child/ren to school please email me at [email protected]  Children arriving at school are to be brought to the exterior door of Room 2, and picked up from the same place. 

Kia haumaru ai koutou!  Keep safe!

Kind regards

Ngā mihi

Marianne Coldham 

Acting Principal Tumuaki Tuarua